NNIP Partners and National Day of Civic Hacking 2016
June 4 marked the 2016 National Day of Civic Hacking, when citizens in cities around the country came together to code, write, learn, and otherwise contribute to the production of open data, knowledge and civic tools. Organized by Code for America, this day saw hundreds events in hundreds of cities around the country. Events ranged from single-day civic hackathons to two-day unconferences, and everything in between.
City of Charlotte employees from the Quality of Life Explorer and IT teams participated in the National Day of Civic Hacking with Code for Charlotte and acted as a resource/sounding board for project ideas. The Quality of Life Explorer is a resource often used to answer data users and hackers' questions about where to find data.
Charlotte had a special guest, DJ Patil, the White House’s Chief Data Scientist and Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy, who shared thoughts about using locally-generated data to improve local outcomes. NNIP is collaborating in these efforts and has already begun taking a role in working with the civic tech community.